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partners in spying german intelligence is accused of using america's notorious surveillance program to its own advantage just weeks after pearl in condemned washington's snooping activity. german chancellor angela merkel faces stiff questions over just how involved germany was in the prism spying program. the u.s. invasion of iraq is a plane from epidemic of birth defects and cancer jus to the military use of depleted uranium the report from a former war zone where the health cost is turning out to be even worse than originally thought. britain's prime minister meets there's too much extremism among the syrian rebels his clearest indication yet that london's i'm willing to go full scale arms deliveries will be asking what's behind the apparent need to.
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khloe alchemy watching our take coming to you live from moscow with may and pharma . now a german magazine claims that lynn's intelligence services have been making good use of the us national security agency secret spying program and that's raised questions over chancellor merkel's earlier condemnation of washington's surveillance tactics peter all over reports from berlin. german chancellor angela merkel had originally said that she only found out of the extent of the united states's spying programs through the media and it now comes out thanks to n.s.a. internal documents that have been reported by dish big news magazine that well they
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were far more involved than she let on that indeed in fact they quote in the dish people article the internal memos that say that there was a willingness to take risks and pursue new opportunities for cooperation with the u.s. that was shown by the german authorities they also were talking about the head of the b.n. de germany's foreign security service that he showed an eagerness and a desire to cooperate turns out that germany actually operated one of the main parts of the the expansive spying program it's called x. keyscore program that basically anybody who they were looking into they could find out exactly what was being searched online by that particular person and it's estimated around five hundred million. connections were being monitored every month by the spying program here in germany alone so it was quite an extensive program this news comes out is quite embarrassing time for german chancellor angela merkel
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is an election coming up in september the involvement of germany in the n.s.a. spying program is being used extensively by the opposition mrs merkel was saying before she either didn't know what her own security services were doing or that perhaps she has misled the german people in germany it seems far more involved in the n.s.a. spying program than perhaps they were let on before. well the original classified documents released by american whistleblower on the run edward snowden show that the united states has been closely monitoring europeans especially germans bugging is not what friends do said anglo merkel slamming what she called cold war tactics one german m.e.p. went as far as comparing the practice to the stars east germany's him from a secret police and the justice minister said the reports were too alarming to be ignored well former m i five agent and he says historical context adds to the
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controversy we have a situation in germany where because of their historic experiences with the stop in world war two in the stars in east germany they put in place a very strong cast iron constitution to protect people from invasion that their pretty pink spied on and this is what the germans have for decades taken for granted they have certain legal protections and we've seen this time and again when other european wide laws of trying to be imposed on germany where you know things like her facial recognition date or on google face facebook have been banned in germany and yet the b.m.d. and the f.e.c. the two intelligence agencies in germany have been doing this sort of spying so i think the hypocrisy is quite astounding and it a great deal of anger and questions rightly to how much the german government knew about what was going on. meanwhile the diplomatic fallout from the edward snowden saga continues while the american whistleblower awaits russia's decision on his
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asylum bid we take a look at what else is straining dialogue between the kremlin and the white house that's just ahead. more than a decade on from the u.s. led invasion of iraq the country's seeing and normally high rate of birth defects health experts link this to the use of depleted uranium in military assaults in fallujah birth mutations of fourteen times war common than in hiroshima after the second world war artie's using careful of explore the terrible health cost of the war in the city of najaf. not just one hundred sixty kilometers south of baghdad the sacred shiite city is known for its holy shrines and history rounded by one of the largest cemeteries in the world some of the heaviest fighting of the iraq war took place amid these graves its legacy still haunts the residents made was born with severe birth defects he's only eight months old but the doctors don't expect him to live past his first birthday. or had to do
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i felt dizzy remember the news i ran out of the doctor's office and into a taxi. but for his mother layla there's no escaping the reality. her son has a nervous system disorder and his muscles are slowly wasting away. it's a recurring nightmare for leila and her husband three of their children were also born with congenital deformity as none of them survived and while they don't have proof they believe the radioactive ammunition used by american forces during the war is to blame the rule isn't over yet if they're americans or goon if suffering from the consequences. spiralling numbers of birth defects and high miscarriage rates have also been recorded in. more american and british forces used heavy munitions at the start of the war but our visit to knowledge off revealed
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that the phenomenon may be far more widespread in iraq than previously known dr sundin's and as one of the few scientists who's been documenting cancer and birth defects here and she says is in the midst of a growing health catastrophe. after the iraq war rates of cancer leukemia and birth defects rose dramatically the areas affected by fighting so the biggest increases we believe it's because of the legal weapon sled depleted uranium and hospitals here cancer is more common than the flu. depleted uranium or d. you cuts through armor like a hot knife through butter more than four hundred tons of it is estimated to have been used in the two iraq wars the vast majority by u.s. forces the pentagon did not respond to our request for comment but the military generally denies any link between exposure and cancer or birth defects it also says do you weapons are only used to penetrate enemy tanks but a new report funded by the norwegian government found the deal was used against
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civilian targets in populated areas including not jobs in two thousand and three it notes a lack of transparency by coalition forces over the use of depleted uranium but describes one incident in najaf where a bradley armored fighting vehicle for three hundred five d.-u. rounds in a single engagement. the heavy fighting may be over but in nearly every street we visited in this neighborhood multiple cases of cancer and children with deformities no one knows what's making people here sick the families want answers and they want to help us of is old enough for school but has to be cared for as if he's a toddler he can't walk he can't speak he can't even go to the bathroom on his own use of brother is healthy but the family has two other children one severely deformed the other with a hole in her spine like many of the couples in this city they're simply too afraid to have another baby and they're left feeling totally abandoned no one cares about
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what's happening to the other families in this area even our own government doesn't do anything to help what can we do because our fate is a fate that many and not just suffer in silence. help with their lives in the. since the u.s. led invasion all across the country their memories are honored in cemeteries like this one the dead may be the most visible reminder of the human cost of the war but it's the living victims of that war's toxic legacy who are still paying the price with the captain of our team not just iraq. whether lucy spoke to my colleague much right he's there and why it is so difficult at the moment to gauge the full extent of the health problems plaguing the region. we've heard about the depleted uranium the birth defect story coming out of fallujah for example because there's been several t.v. pieces and print reports talking about and showing in fact we here in our t.
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have showed the birth defects in the city of fallujah we were completely stunned by is the fact that this is happening in many more cities that have been previously reported including knowledge of where we visited when we showed our filming her and i on the ground in the city literally every single residential street that we've visited in several neighborhoods we found multiple cases of families who had children who were ill families who had lost children had to burry children families who had many relatives who were suffering from cancer and while these people can't necessarily prove that it was depleted uranium or the causes of these diseases this is something that they say has risen dramatically in the years since the invasion how widespread is it i mean how faora cross the country the problem is that nobody knows exactly and that's because there haven't been large scale studies done we haven't seen big teams of international doctors for example going in and sort of looking at different cities comparing the number of birth defect cases
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between the different cities there really simply are no reliable statistics for birth defects in iraq and so nobody can really say exactly how big this problem is and the big problem with with the iraqi government as well one of the surprising things that we found in speaking to the doctors on the ground is they say that they reportedly have been discarded discouraged by the government from talking out openly about this to the press in fact the biologist that we had spoken to who was researching the issue in the city had to give us the interview in the privacy of her home on the roof there instead of in her laboratory she said that there is an active sort of push by the government perhaps not to embarrass the coalition forces not to really talk about this issue which we were really quite surprised by we tried to visit the hospital in najaf that was dealing with. some of the victims some of the deformed birth defect that children they didn't let us come in they didn't let us film in fact they didn't even let us do interviews with the governor with the families or the doctors working there at all the iraqi officials certainly
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had not put in the resources that they could be we spoke to families not japanese that they have gone to local officials you know they've asked for help they were essentially told to sit by you know it's a really sad story or talk to chris supposedly has been one of the most outspoken scientists researching the impact of depleted uranium and he told r.t. what the visiting family. we went to we found the levels of concern about food nation and cancer and we looked at the parents of the children with congenital malformation and we did analysis of the head to see what was inside the head that might be do you know toxic might be the sort of thing that could cause congenital malformation and the only thing that we found was you really knew we found your brain in the hair of the mothers of the children with congenital malformation is now that we know that you are a new ms you know toxic that it causes these these levels of genetic damage and because of that it also causes cancer so you can work slowly back from that towards your own you know the only the only source of uranium was the use by the american
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forces the american led forces of uranium weapons not only depleted uranium weapons as we later found slightly enriched uranium weapons which we believe they were using in order to cover their tracks so i think we have more or less proved these facts. were as a result of the use during the two wars of uranium and the particles that the uranium weapons produced. top brass is standing by its decision to overthrow the president but it's the rank and file soldiers who and i paying the price for the kid with their lives as we tell you shortly also ahead a once thriving resort blighted by poverty wait taken to why the u.k. tiny j wakefield's abandoned by the government that's coming up.
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. i. know well come back now the u.s. has expressed its concern over the fugitive whistleblower edward snowden's bid for temporary asylum in russia moscow is expected to grant that request and says the lack of an extradition treaty with washington makes handing him over impossible details are now we can get from artie's gannets chickie and thanks for joining us firstly i mean there is a complex back stories in there to the russia u.s. extradition disputes can you talk us through it. that's right and remember when journalist asked president putin about washington's request to extradite edward snowden he said and i quote here russia is not going to extradite anyone no one ever extradite anyone to us now we have comments from
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a source in the russian government who was asked to expend on the extradition situation between russia and the u.s. and the source said the u.s. does not cooperate with russia on the extradition of criminals and he gave two examples one of them. who is wanted in russia as a terrorist and a man named thomas who is wanted in russia for kidnapping in two thousand and two thomas received residency in the west and russia has repeatedly asked for his extradition the u.s. denied the request now as far as. he was the right hand of the internationally recognized chechen terrorists on mill busyness a quick reminder of who was he was killed in two thousand and six in one thousand nine hundred five shamil basayev and his gang attacked the city of buju on the skin took up to one thousand eight hundred residents of that city hostage in a hospital including one hundred fifty children at least one hundred forty people
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died as a result of that attack also as he gained power in the region. i have stated his objective to have all muslim legions in russia break away from the country that was in the ninety's it was a call to start a war on all fronts and all along with him was modern among other human crimes there was the hostage crisis at the moscow theater nord-ost in two thousand and two one hundred thirty people died there so the right hand of this monster soft model of arrives in the u.s. somewhere around two thousand and three settles down in boston and receives political asylum despite bush's requests to treat him as a criminal and send him back to russia now at the beginning us federal thought. he's appealed the boston court's decision on granting a lot of asylum after all the u.s. had by day and recognized. one of his balls as that perry's but nothing came out of that appeal federal authorities later withdrew their opposition to granting
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a lot of asylum after a number of after a number of political heavyweights in the u.s. tuned in to support the chechen militant so according to russian officials there is no history of extraditions between the west and russia instead there is a history of requests ignored and request denied. thank you very much candy that certainly explains many people i'm sure why russia sees this is an impossible situation that cannot snowden back over to the u.s. at the moment anyway thank you again live from washington. and it's not just governments who are after your private data over an r.t. dot com find out about a new threat to gag uses hackers could be poised to get control of a seven hundred fifty million mobile phones around the world without their owners knowledge we explain have online also alarming new revelations on the fukushima
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nuclear disaster according to a japanese newspaper the number of liquidate is ring from radiation poisoning has been underestimated by eleven times. britain's prime minister has signalled a change of heart on weapons supplies to the syrian rebels david cameron says he still backing armed opposition groups fighting against the government but admits that these groups include in his words a lot of bad guys and that's quite a change from his aggressive stance in the early days of the conflict back in november twenty levin cameron called for closing gauge meet with the rebels the following year he called for more international aid to put the syrian government under pressure and as well as of last month he was still very minutely and he is sad but not so sure that arms shipments are the best way forward syria's top rebel commander has already accused the british pm of betrayal for abandoning plans to arm his fighters and this brings us to the present with the syrian government
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advancing on rebel militias the official opposition failing to unite and cameron describing the situation as a stalemate political analyst deepak capacity explain what could be behind the u.k. lead is shifting position. i have home he will have difficulty getting. approval because there is quite a lot of i need to take after iraq to put this coalition partners the liberal democrats are on remarks are all supporting we and our economy opinion is not supporting brock you just being realized in the west that no matter how much there are sure instance from western governments that. only the good guys will get help in terms of arms supplies but that's not the case on the ground and
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saudi arabia is where you are worried about the rise of slamming fundamentalism in syria because jordan and some of their quite close a minute the united states and britain indirectly by a turkey are helping the syrian rebels that has not stopped. the military overthrow with egypt's president mohamed morsi has thrown the country back in see one rest and instability with islamic forces now shut out of the political system the more extremist elements among them are resorting to violence militants on the sinai peninsula near the border with israel and garza have stepped up deadly attacks against police and security forces at least six people have been killed and many more injured in the latest assault on the area meanwhile despite the turmoil work has begun on amending egypt's constitution that as the muslim brotherhood and its supporters refuse to see these protests against what they see
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is a military coup against their leader mohammed morsi his family in turn has lashed out at the army accusing it of kidnapping the deposed president r.t. sophie chevon are so caught up with morsi son to find out what went wrong when his father was in power and what chances egypt has for pace the harmony morse's rule was democratic while going to democracy you have both the ruling regime and an opposition but the case of armed forces taking on a certain political stance is something unprecedented this is sort of a sure sign of the military takeover with all due respect there is no doubt morsi has a lot of supporters but in a very short period of time an overwhelming majority turns against him it's not about the military it's the people in a democracy such political differences and confrontations are normally are settled
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through elections rather than us is there any true democracy where an army commander discounts the will of the people and legally deposes the president with the crew is actually a crime committed by the egyptian military. and don't miss that conversation in full right here on r.t. in just about an hour's time. once an addict holiday resort just a short drive from london j. wick has become one of britain's most deprived areas and with the government relentlessly pushing ahead with its hysterically program locals are starting to feel desperate artie's police reports. golden sands beach front property and just a stone's throw from london wish you were here we have been really completely forgotten a lot of people are enough to enjoy you because that's the last place to go there's no work for anybody and i think this is going to continue for the next at least
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twenty years what could fix the problems of today with money has been ranked at the bottom of the government's poverty index for england and wales for three years running it's a national embarrassment and. doing something about it we're trying to get in the technologies. of the country where you think in the end i don't think it's the third party polls in the whole of you. was once a proud holiday location for london's burgeoning middle class says the time was thought up as a holiday resort for city dwellers back in the one nine hundred twenty s. these are all meant to be summer houses but because rents were so cheap people started living here all year round it's in a flood zone which resulted in the government never investing any money into the area some parts of the town lacked tarmac roads street lighting or even pavements some of the locals say the cheap rent and precarious location has attracted vulnerable families and social problems for free we got drunk which we really don't
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want. to progress something because not true throat and then it all gets blown out poor forty percent of residents are either disabled or have a health condition that makes it impossible to work which might be just as well seeing as there are no jobs going in the town the last few shops that were hit have been boarded up unemployment is rife in the town in fact sixty two percent of the people that live heads append on welfare payments there isn't the word you say so if they've been used to just get enough of. sitting around so they're doing according to one local counsellor it's west me. his idleness that's brought on j. wicks demise whatever problems we've got down there i think it's politically all of them to bring for whatever party they are it's something that they let happen is a dumping ground at the end of the day we've been the most deprived area now for
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three years not one penny of we've got to come in and help it and with the government counting pennies in austerity britain many here say that financial the chances of the town's redevelopment washing away with the time had polly boy r t j wick sounds essex on back with more news in about half an hour's time up next though it's quite the sport. the most interested in the medical situation. the group think did a little both military. induced getting into the other states and then egypt. led. eve.
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you believe. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize that everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm sorry welcome to the big picture.
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hello welcome to the r.t.c. show hall full hour of the latest sporting action from russia and across the globe with me partridge on here the top stories. italian super sport right under my own somali di is also a crash on the first lap of the world superbike grand in moscow. while setting the standard the wall student games closes with a lavish ceremony and record medal haul for the host. we assess the sporting legacy focus that russia. and sandstorm brazil thrash favorites italy two nil to make up the beach tennis while champions at the team event here in moscow. but first major sports after italian super sport rider and i am to nearly died in a horrific crash during the world superbike round here in moscow doesn't end but out of reports. the second level moscow stage of the superbike world series started brightly but finished tragically wet weather contributed to an incident back first
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race where several riders crashed out on the slippery track including twenty one champion carlos checa briton storm sykes then suffered his second deck nicol problem of the weekend as his motorcycle stopped and burst into flames during the fourth lap and then midway through the race it began to rain have early and the teams used it stops to change tires charles davis was leading for the most of the way but his teammate more kamil andre closed the gap late on to win his second race at the moscow track actually was a race today i heard it was started by the times i was pulling away had i'm really a world leader in their eye and he was very consistent so a second for me was looking good for the present as late ed but unfortunately it was the race in the second two years supersport get agree that it was to hit the headlines for the worst of reasons it started in a tarantula war but all.
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